Stephen Richard Bowling, 73, of DeWitt, IL passed away on August 15, 2020 at Warner Hospital in Clinton, IL.
Steve was born June 30, 1947 at the John Warner Hospital in Clinton, the son of Elwyn and Nodene Mae (Brittin) Bowling. Survivors include one son Jeff Bowling of Clinton, one daughter Suzanne (Capt. Wesley Bannister- US Navy) Bannister; four grandchildren: Danielle, Camden, and Ava Bannister all of London, England and Tyler Bannister of Bethlehem, PA; his sister Carolynn Gawthorp of Princeville, IL and his identical twin brother David (Diane) Bowling of Decatur, IL. Steve was preceded in death by his wife of almost 40 years, Yvonne M. Bowling, his parents Elwyn and Nodene Bowling, and 1 sister Joann Fosnaugh.
Steve was Postmaster of Clinton, IL for 30 years (1978-2008), during his 42 ½ years in the Postal Service. He also worked in 45 states as well as Washington D.C.
Steve was currently a member of the DeWitt Township Board. He had also been a member of the Clinton Athletic Booster Club, the Band Boosters, Kiwanis Club, 708 Board in Clinton, and the DeWitt Fair. He was also instrumental in the 911 addressing in DeWitt County. He coached and ran the Clinton YBA league as well as Clinton Church Softball League for 8 years in the 1980s.
Steve’s favorite hobbies were fishing, hunting and water sports. He was a loyal supporter of Clinton’s high school sports programs, University of Illinois athletics as well as the Cubs, Bears, and Bulls. He was well known for his ping-pong skills that later transitioned into Pickleball.
Steve will be greatly missed by family and friends. He was known for his sharp wisdom, quick wit, his passion to help others and his infamous wealth of knowledge.
Graveside services for Steve will be 3 PM Sunday September 13, 2020 at DeWitt Cemetery in DeWitt, IL with Rev. Michael Taylor and Ernie Harvey Jr. officiating. Memorials may be made to the Stephen Bowling Memorial Fund for the perpetual care of Jeff Bowling. A luncheon will be held at the First Church of the Nazarene around noon, and after the graveside services, family and friends are welcome to come to the Boondocks for a time of fellowship.